Much of the first Bluff City Sports Association softball game on April 20th was canceled due to rain, so this weekend's game will unofficially become opening night.
On Friday, April 27th, the Hobos will play the Tooth Fairies, followed by a battle between the Neons and Sho Gurlz. The Full Force, which managed to get a game in last week before the rain started falling, has the weekend off. Games begin at 7 p.m. at Willow Park in East Memphis.
For more information on the city's only LGBT softball league, check out the Bluff City Sports website.
It's a big gay weekend in the Bluff City.
On Saturday, April 21st, equal rights advocates will take to the streets of Millington for an LGBT rights march. The march is one of 30 or so marches across the country scheduled for Saturday as part of the "Let's Reach One Million People" campaign. Marchers will meet at the VFW Post 7175 on Cuba-Millington Road at 10:30 a.m. The march kicks off at noon, and they'll circle back to the VFW for a post-march party with a DJ, volleyball games, grilled food, face painting, and a bounce house for kids. To find out more, check out this story from this week's Memphis Flyer.
On Sunday, April 22nd, the Tennessee Equality Project is hosting a Diversity Forum at Caritas Village (2509 Harvard) from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The forum will feature a panel of multicultural representatives discussing inclusiveness and diversity or the lack thereof in Memphis' LGBT community. For more on that event, check out the event's Facebook page.
A film crew from Los Angeles has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a film about Ms. Venus, a 53-year-old Mobile, Alabama drag queen with Memphis roots.
While in her 20s, Mobile resident Devin Ford met Ms. Venus, and the charismatic queen helped re-shape Ford's worldview. A self-professed "white, straight, Southern, former Evangelical," Ford says she was amazed to see someone as comfortable in her own skin as Ms. Venus. The film will chronicle the pair's relationship and Ms. Venus' life journey.
Ms. Venus relocated to Mobile from Memphis, where she was the only African-American man working the on the Memphis Queen riverboat. Parts of the documentary will be filmed in Memphis as Ms. Venus discusses that part of her life.
The crew hopes to raise $50,000 by Tuesday, May 15th to move further with the project. Currently, they've only shot a trailer for the Kickstarter page. To donate, go here.
The Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center is bouncing back from the economic woes it faced at this time last year, according to the center's annual report released Friday afternoon.
Last year, the center was faced with possible closure if it didn't raise some serious funds, but the report states, "The overwhelming response to our fundraising campaign, and our renewed focus to increase pledges for automatic monthly giving, strengthened our ability to serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Memphis and across the Mid-South."
Of course, the center could still use donations, as a constant flow of funds is needed to maintain operations.
The report lists a few ways the center has served the Mid-South over the last year:
* More than 4,500 people visited the center seeking information, support, and assistance.
* MGLCC provided emergency food, clothing and found temporary shelter for 21 homeless or struggling youth.
* Outflix, MGLCC's annual film festival, drew more than 1,500 attendees who viewed LGBT films from 11 different countries.
* Ongoing support groups take place every night of the week and serve the needs of many different subgroups in the Memphis LGBT community – teens, college students, men and women of color, the transgender community, and men and women of many different age groups
* The center's HIV testing program, in partnership with Planned Parenthood, screened 195 people from all parts of the Mid-South.
To see the full report, click here.
The Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center (MGLCC) will begin offering free syphilis testing in addition to its free weekly HIV tests on Wednesday, April 11th.
Syphilis passes from person to person in many of the same ways as HIV, and it can cause fatal damage to the brain, heart, and nervous system if left untreated.
The free tests, normally a $70 value, are being provided by Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region.
A new support group for HIV-positive men of color meets for the first time on Tuesday, April 3rd at the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center at 892 S. Cooper.
The group will meet every first and third Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.